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3 UK Should Allow Skype Calls On The iPad?

3 UK is the only mobile phone operator in the UK to offer free Skype to Skype calls.

We're not sure whether they will actually allow Skype calls to be made over the iPad but given the fact that Skype has already released an iPad friendly client since early April, this is only a matter of time before they allow such a thing.

As it stands, you should be able to buy an iPad, downsize a PAYG 3 UK SIM card, put £10 worth of credit on it and start making so calls after having downloaded and installed the Skype client (opens in the App Store (opens in new tab)).

Arguably, the iPad comes with Bluetooth 2.1 which means that you will be able to make calls on it using a wireless Bluetooth headset like this Plantronics Discovery headset (opens in new tab). Calls (opens in new tab) in the UK on Skype costs £3.99 per month for unlimited landline calls and £13.49 for 120 minutes to UK mobiles.

Unfortunately, it seems that Skype on the iPad won't support Voice dialling for the time being and hopefully that will change in a near future. 3 UK also gives 150MB of data allowance to its PAYG users each time they top up.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.